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The word Spanish means from or about the country of Spain, especially a person from Spain, or the language of Spain. 

The language called Spanish is one of the languages that came from the Latin language. The Spanish language is used by many people in the world today. This is partly because the people of Spain travelled to many different parts of the world. They started many new countries and also new governments in some old countries.

Some examples of places where Spanish is an important language:

In North America, Central America, and the Caribbean Islands: Costa Rica, Cuba, The Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Puerto Rico, and El Salvador. In the United States, most people use the English language, but Spanish is the second most-used language.

In South America: Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Guyana, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay, Venezuela.

In other parts of the world: The Philippines